Rubbish in containers is returned to Canada from Philippines

General cargo ship Bavaria (IMO 9238753) carrying tonnes of rubbish dumped in the Philippines by Canada more than five years ago, causing a festering diplomatic row, is heading back to Canada with 69 containers filed with waste. Philippine officials said that the rubbish was transported to the Philippines in 103 containers in 2013 to 2014, falsely being declared to be recyclable plastic scraps.

Several containers of the rubbish had been disposed of, including in a landfill, leaving 69 containers of electrical and household waste, including used diapers, sitting in two Philippine ports for five years.

The Philippine government recalled its ambassador and consuls in Canada earlier this month over Ottawa’s failure to comply with a May 15th deadline to take back the waste.

The countries had sought to resolve the problem for years, with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau saying in 2017 that the legal issues that had been preventing the return of the garbage had been resolved.

However , other issues then served to delay the return, despite Canadian assurances of its willingness to take back the garbage. PM Trudeau said that it had been shipped to Manila as part of a private commercial transaction. 2003-built, Liberia-flagged, 39,941 gt Bavaria is owned by Pacific Leasing Ltd care of manager Eastern Pacific Shipping Pte Ltd of Singapore. It is entered with London Club on behalf of Citron Transport Inc.